after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked like a beast. Thanks so much, Ibrew2or3! Medium amber with butterscotch highlights. Modest white film, no lace. Huge green apple nose. Medium, slightly creamy body carrying a ton of tight carb. Beautiful green apple and butterscotch mid-palate. Clean toasty finish.
DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like I liked this more than most. The bottle is from Caponeís. The pour is turbid medium coppery with off-white head. Aroma of funky yeast, candi sugary malt, fruit, and some peppery notes. Tastes fruity, with some cherry and peachy notes, fig, candi sugar, and funky spicy yeasty notes. Pretty rich, with notable complexity of palate, Iíd buy this one again any day of the week.
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from DragonStout. Pour was light amber, flat looking, no head, zero lacing. The aroma was light fruits, some pepper. The flavor was light fruits (peaches), musty wooden character, very light pepper in the finish. The mouthfeel was dead flat (and the cork was a super challenge to get out, jammed in there hard), need more carbonation, any amount of it. Thanks for the opportunity on this one, Brian.
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at miketdís tasting
Thanks to crizay (I think) for opening this halfway through the afternoon. It was suprising to discover that this was from Florida; I would not have imagined something like this coming from that region. While it was not a fabulous Belgian I think it was solid for someone just starting out. If the brewer can build on this they will have a loyal following in the near future.
Aroma / Appearance - A cloudy light brown body was about halfway down the scale of darkness. Yeast, white bread, pineapples and pears formed the nose with the fruitiness being the strongest aspect. A hint of funky barnyard nestled in the background.
Flavor / Palate - The body was suprisingly rich. Orange peels, vanilla and peach opened with pineapples completing a delayed experience. Overall I was kind of indifferent until I learned this was one of the first commercial attempts from the brewer. Thatís no going to affect my scoring but it does mean I may keep an eye on this company in the future.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. thanks to degarth for this one. pours hazy orange with small white head around the rim. nose is musty and fruity, mainly apple peel. flavor is overly sweet at first, lots of fruity apples in the flavor, met by oaky and musty notes. the body is almost syrupy. carbonation is low but fizzy on the back of the throat. alcohol is well hidden. just too sweet and lacks character.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was yeasty with a fruity base. Mild tartness. The flavor was sweet and fruity. Yeasty and estery. Medium bodied.
Ernest (7209) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (mold, basement), with notes of apples and pear syrup. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightlly unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Second experience with this one, but just as disappointed with a bottle to myself. Clumsy, without direction or character, syrupy sweet, slightly off aftertaste. Better than the Athene, though, thankfully.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to beerlando for this - hazy orange beer - the aroma is equal parts sweet and tart, with notes of orange marmalade and citrus pulp - semi-tart orange flavor, with just enough candi sugar sweetness to cut it - very pulpy and earthy, with a light, refreshing herbal character - very soft, yet lively at the same time - Iím impressed by this brewer so far.
beastiefan2k (3324) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled shared buy notalush, I also have one in a trade from Beerlando. This brewer is really good and I cannot wait to keep drinking his stuff. It pours an orange-copper color, completely murky with no clarity. Aroma is dill (bastard Joe threw that in my head) or more like itís smells are fresh herbs that are green yet rejuvenating. In general it s springtime on your nose with yeasty (dough sweetness) highlights. Taste is fresh and light sweetness of a Belgian Saison. Medium body but also very alive. Itís just so fun to drink. Itís awesome in its simplicity, nice spices with a strong saison.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by someone (it was getting late). Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is honeyish, some herbal and earthy character. Surprisingly light malts. Flavour is quite soft and fruity, some nice herbal notes, light mint and soft spiciness. A touch of light gruit-like mintiness. Lingering herbal spiciness. Very similar house character to the saison, but doesnít come across as characterful as that beer did.